Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are shopping starters Mat Latos and Dan Haren, among others, heading towards the July 31 trade deadline. The Marlins are 36-50 in fourth place in the National League East, having lost 13 of their last 20 games, so it’s no surprise that they heading into sell mode.
Latos, 27, is currently dealing with a foot injury and has been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday against the Reds, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The right-hander has made 14 starts this year and posted a disappointing 4.90 ERA with a 67/24 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. He is owed the remainder of his $9.4 million salary for the 2015 campaign and can become a free agent after the season.
Haren, 34, has had a terrific year despite not wanting to pitch in Miami. He requested the Marlins trade him to the West coast during the off-season, but the 34-year-old didn’t generate much trade buzz considering he was coming off of three consecutive mediocre seasons. Currently, Haren owns a 3.34 ERA with a 76/19 K/BB ratio in 105 innings.
Spencer also notes that the Marlins are making pitcher Brad Hand and backup infielder Jeff Baker available as well.
Marlins infielders Adeiny Hechavarria and Dee Gordon completed a double play during Saturday’s game against the Dodgers that left the Marlins’ broadcast booth exclaiming, “Wow!”
With runners on first and second with one out in the fourth inning of a 3-2 game, Yasmany Grandal hit a grounder up the middle off of starter Tom Koehler. Hechavarria was playing close to the second base bag due to an infield shift, so he had to range to his right to corral the grounder. He made a backhanded toss to Gordon on second base, who then did a Derek Jeter-esque jump-throw to first baseman Jeff Baker to complete the inning-ending double play.
When you leave the broadcast team speechless but for the word “wow!”, you’ve done your job well.
The first night of the Dan Jennings experiment ended in a loss, as the Diamondbacks topped the Marlins 3-2 in 13 innings tonight in Miami.
The Marlins were held to six hits all night and their only offense came on a game-tying two-run homer by J.T. Realmuto in the seventh. Dan Haren gave up two runs over eight innings of work for Miami while Arizona’s Rubby De La Rosa went nine.
After pitching a scoreless 12th inning, former Marlins closer Steve Cishek gave up a one-out single to Chris Owings in the 13th. Owings stole second and moved over to third on a ground out before David Peralta hit a go-ahead double into right field. For a moment, it looked like the Marlins had something going in the bottom of the 13th, as Ichiro Suzuki drew a one-out walk against Enrique Burgos before stealing second base. However, the call was overturned on replay on Jeff Baker struck out to end the game.
The Marlins have now lost four in a row and seven out of eight. They sit at a disappointing 16-23 on the year and fell into last place in the National League East after the Phillies’ win over the Rockies tonight.
There was nothing too noteworthy about Jennings during the game, but there was an entertaining moment prior to the game, as Ichiro gave him a tie to wear over his uniform. It was a fitting joke to lighten the mood and Jennings appeared to get a kick out it: